Today marks the halfway point of our Treefort-themed artist features for the month. Normally, we’d take it a bit slower, but there’s no point in saying, “You could’ve caught this band at Treefort — it was last week,” so we’re featuring all ten acts before the festival gets going. Thanks to this, the full compilation might be available on the 17th rather than the 31st. I’m 50/50 on that right now.
The soundtrack for the end of our week comes courtesy of Animal Eyes. They’ve currently got an EP out called URSUS, and the immediate quality that jumps out to me is the fact that they can be so multi-faceted. This record gives you a taste of some lighter, more ethereal sounds, but it also demonstrates that Animal Eyes can turn it on and play in an aggressive yet controlled manner. It gets eclectic, and sometimes we deal with odd meter, but that’s what keeps it interesting. You can go snag URSUS on Bandcamp, like Animal Eyes on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter @AnimalEyesBand. Even better, go catch them live, as they’re on tour now. Tell them Gelatinous Blog sent ya. It’ll get me mad street cred.
“What if I chose to be nothing? Must we always become something?" asks Animal Eyes’ "Cold Coast Line" — a fairly heavy, philosophical question for a song that starts out sounding like it’s not going in that direction at all. The first time we hear that refrain, it’s coupled with what sounds like an accordion, creating a sweet polyphony. Frenzied drums push the track along, and harmonized vocals are used throughout, giving it a full sound. A little over three and a half minutes in, there’s a noticeable change in the progression, trading in the relief for tension, building until it drops out and we’re left with a soloed vocal. At that point, you assume we’ll come back to where we started, but it keeps pushing into even more tense, aggressive territory, resulting in an interesting form for the piece overall — rather than using a generic, cyclical, tension-to-relief idea, Animal Eyes seems to invert that structure, building tension until it snaps.
You can find “Cold Coast Line” as well as the rest of this month’s featured tracks on the free download of the Treefort-themed GB! March 2014 Mixtape, the latest in our monthly mixtape series. Come back and get it on March 31!